Sri Lanka National Parks

  1. Yala National Park

Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.

Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National park is among the oldest and most important of protected areas in Sri Lanka. It also contains a number of important cultural sites. The sanctuary stretches from the North-western coast to the North-central province where the ancient city of Anuradhapura is located. Wilpattu National Park is laced with a complex of lakes called ‘Villus’, surrounded by grassy plains, set within scrub jungle. Many of the `big game’ found in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear can be seen here. Wilpattu is also known for leopards.

Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Kumana(Yala East) National Park

Formerly known as Yala East National Park, Kumana lies on the south-east coast in the Eastern Province, 12km south of Arugam Bay, and is easily accessible from the Wellawaya-Pottuvil Road. The Park is physically separated from the more famous Yala National Park and Strict Reserve by the Kumbukkan Oya (River) and is better known for its migratory birds. A natural highlight of the park is a 200 hectare swamp lake sustained by the river through a half a mile long narrow channel. These mangrove swamps are a destination of choice for migratory birds. Among regular visitors who nest and breed are pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, herons, egrets and little cormorants. Land animals found in the adjacent Yala are also found here.

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock – National Park, Sri lanka
  1. Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa is home to a vast array of animals, as well as, ancient sites and tanks. Known for its rich population of predators among which bears receive significant attention. It is believed that Wasgamuwa has the highest density of bears than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Bordered by the famous Mahaweli and the lesson known Amban river, Wasgamuwa spreads through the districts of Matale in the central hills and the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Srilanka Leopard
Srilanka Leopard
  1. Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park, in close proximity to the eastern city of Amparai has an important task: to serve as the catchment area for Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir, the Senanayake Samudraya. It is the only national park where boat rides are allowed, offering visitors to the rare sight of swimming elephants, a phenomena famously known as ‘the crossings’.

 

  1. Udawalawe National Park

The Udawalawe National Park is Sri Lanka’s closest example of Africa’s savanna reserves. Better known as the country’s premier elephant park, Udawalawe revolves around the vast Udawalawe reservoir. Located on the base of hilly Ratnapura and Moneragala districts, the park is home, among other animals, to an elephant population of about 500. The park also boasts of an elephant transit home, with public displays during feeding times.

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
  1. Lahugala Kithulana National Park

The eastern park of Lahugala is among Sri Lanka’s smallest among parks but its importance to elephants and endemic birds is very big.

 

  1. Maduru Oya National Park

Maduru Oya National Park is designed to protect the immediate catchments of five reservoirs developed under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Program, Sri Lanka’s most ambitious irrigation project. The park provides refuge for wildlife and lies between the Polonnaruwa-Batticalo Road and Mahiyangana-Padiyathalawa Road in the districts of Ampara, Badulla and Polonnaruwa.

Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
  1. Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains, a world heritage site is the catchment area for almost all of Sri Lanka’s major rivers. A silent and cold highland plateau in the central hills of Sri Lanka, the beautiful Horton Plains is surrounded by peak wildernesses and forests and is home to many endemic plants and animals thriving in a rare wet and cold climate. The park offers spectacular hikes and culminates with the World’s End, a dramatic 900 meter cliff with nothing but flat land beyond extending to the coast of Sri Lanka’s deep South./p>

 

  1. Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park lies in the dry and arid Hambantota District in Southern Sri Lanka. But the park’s many lagoons make it a paradise for migratory as well as resident birds. Every species of water birds found in the country find a safe haven here. Visitors will also be treated to many land animals from elephant to the deer. Bundala is also said to be the only park where visitors can spot both the Marsh and Seawater crocodile on the same safari trip.

Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Lunugamvehera National Park

Located adjacent to Yala National Park is Lunugamvehera Park, created primarily as a catchment area for the Lunugamvehera reservoir. A plan is mooted to amalgamate the park with its larger and more famous cousin Yala and if that happens, Lunugamvehera will be renamed as Yala West.

 

  1. Minneriya National Park

Home for the world famous Elephant ‘Gathering’, Minneriya National Park is nestled on the plains of the North-Central province, about 20kms from historic Polonnaruwa. Fed by the beautiful Minneriya tank, the park despite being one of the smallest, is a haven for elephants and birds, providing magnificent views to visitors.

 

  1. Kaudulla National Park

In close proximity to Habarana, the gateway to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, Kaudulla revolves around an ancient tank and is considered as an important elephant corridor, offering regular sightings.

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Hikkaduwa National Park

One of the two marine parks in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa National Park in the popular southern coast features fringing coral reefs showcasing a bio-diversity spectacle.

 

  1. Pigeon Island National Park

The 2nd marine park in the country, Pigeon Island is located in famed Nilaweli, on the outskirts of Trincomalee. The spectacular small island is home to a showcase of colorful corals and tropical fish and is a short boat ride from the world famous Nilaweli beach.

Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Horagolla National Park

Horagolla is biologically, the most diverse and significant patch of forest in the wet zone of Sri Lanka, located just outside Colombo. The park presents a special zonal vegetation complex which provides a natural refuge for many species that are extremely rare, possibly extinct, in other parts of the island.

 

  1. Galways Land National Park

The only national park located within city limits, Galways is home to a montane eco system in the cold and windy hill station of Nuwara Eliya, also the highest located city in Sri Lanka. Galways is decorated by its beautiful population of birds, as well as, its colorful floral species of native and foreign origin. Along with the nearby Victoria Park, Galway is considered to be the most significant birding site in Sri Lanka.

Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
  1. Ussangoda National Park

Believed to be the place where Ravana landed his mythical flying chariot, Ussangoda is situated in Nonagama, Hambantota in the deep South. Known for the red soil in the area, Ussangoda, with both land and sea features, is a haven for turtles.

 

  1. Angammedilla National Park

Originally a forest reserve within the Minneriya-Girithale Sanctuary within close proximity to Polonnaruwa, Angammedilla was established to protect the drainage basin of the giant Parakrama Samudra reservoir.

Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Flood Plains National Park

The park is central to the integrity of the Mahaweli irrigation system, both for its unique “villus” and as a corridor for wildlife migration between grazing lands in Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya National Park. The area spans the Mahaweli River in Polonnaruwa district in North Central Province.

 

  1. Somawathiya National Park

Somawathiya National Park is one of the four national parks designated under the Mahaweli River Development project. Somawathiya Chaitya, a stupa said to be containing a relic of the tooth of the Buddha, is situated within the park.

Source: Wildlife Department Website

 

About Me

I Prasanna Ambigaibagan Cost Accountant by profession and passionate wildlife photographer from 2011, I do many budgeted road tours in overseas and meet many new friends and I do always invite them to Sri lanka and let them to experience Srilanka hospitality.

If anyone wanted to know more about Sri Lankan Wildlife and Wildlife Safaris, you can feel free to contact me by below comment or call me on +94776534669 (I do available in Whatsapp, Viber, IMO and Line).

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Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography
Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography

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Wildlife Tours and Wildlife Photography Tours to Sri Lanka – FREE KNOWLEDGE SHARING SERVICE

Sri Lanka is one of the best Destinations for explore culture, people, adventure, beaches and Wildlife. It has been noted many of the tourist willing to cover their tour with mixture of Beaches, Cultural sites, and Wildlife at an affordable cost. But many do fail to achieve fulfill their wildlife experience without knowing mammals name and how to maximum time in wildlife.

I Prasanna Ambigaibagan a Wildlife photographer by passion and working professional in leading exporting company in Sri Lanka. I have notice many of tourist has been visit to National parks  with lacking knowledge of mammals and birds specifications and names and some of them harming to environment by their indecent behaviors inside national parks.

Therefore I have decided to offer a FREE KNOWLEDGE SHARING SERVICE at on my leisure time. This is 100% free without any conditions apply and this service is provide to betterment to nature and good wish of improve the knowledge of visitor.

I do available in weekend for this Free Service and you could contact me +94776534669 via whats app, Viber, IMO and Line on any times or you can send me a personal message though Facebook.

Below are some of my Basic information for you

Full Name: Prasanna Ambigaibagan
Qualification: MBA (UK), ACMA (UK),CGMA, ACMA (SL), BBA (UoP)
Language Speak : English, Tamil and Sinhala
Age: 28+
Profession: Management…
Passion: Wildlife Photography
Camera I use: Canon 70 D
Lens : 300mm F4, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm, 18-55mm
How often visit to NP: at least once in a month
Most Favorite NP: Willpattu National Park

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Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Golden Jackal on Air @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Golden Jackal on Air @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Male Leopard Y, Thala Wila, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Male Leopard Y, Thala Wila, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Male Leopard Y, Thala Wila, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka.
Male Leopard Y, Thala Wila, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka.
Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
crocodile @ Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
crocodile @ Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park

 

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Sri Lanka Holidays tour – Places to see in Sri Lanka

Think Sri Lanka and some of the things that come to mind are Asian elephants and Ceylon tea. Delve deeper and you’ll discover a nation of rich heritage and wonders including lush greenery, monasteries, palaces, temples and theatres.

The country is among the beauties of the sub-continent that features a peaceful environment and a hard-working community.

Among ancient cities, a visit to Anuradhapura is a must as it holds the title as a sacred city by Buddhists around the world. Kandy is a scene to behold. With spiraling roads and refreshing environment, Kandy is especially beautiful around the Monsoon season when cool temperatures call to unwind with a warm cup of Ceylon tea.

For the adventurous, water sports such as rafting and gliding are slowly gaining popularity across its gleaming streams.

Wildlife is abundant in Sri Lanka, as it is known to be among the top five hotspots for biodiversity. Visitors to the Bundala National Park can spot monkeys, fruit bats and various species of water and migratory birds, as well as other fauna and flora — a photographers treat.

 

Safari to view nature’s best

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a nursery and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. It’s a great place to get up close and personal with the mammals. Visitors can also feed the animals from a high point. You can also embark on a safari to view nature’s best.

Tea gardens spanning across lush fields denote the country’s booming tea production. Fresh, aromatic and bursting with flavour, Sri Lanka’s tea leaves are fragrant and refreshing, not to mention it offers great value for quality. It is also proud of its traditional crafts that showcase its distinct culture. Sri Lanka is also an attractive destination for medical tourism with world-class internationally accredited healthcare about 70 per cent comparatively cheaper than Singapore and Thailand.

Spas and massages are a favourite among tourists offering mineral-enriched packs and herbal, therapeutic concoctions to melt stress away.

According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the country saw a 19.8 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in 2014 with 1,527,153 visitors compared to 1,274,593 in 2013.

In January 2012, the country introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for short-term visa in order to ease the flow of arrivals.

 

Ideal holiday destination

A chunk of Sri Lanka’s GDP comes from tourism and in an attempt to further raise numbers; the Ministry of Economic Development launched a five-year Tourism Development Strategy where it aims to reach a target number of 2.5 million visitors by the year 2016. This includes improving the country’s infrastructure, agriculture and product market.

A report by the Department of Census and Statistics shows that Sri Lanka’s GDP expanded by 7.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same period the year before. Agriculture and tea production takes precedence in exports aside from textiles and rubber.

Keeping up with the rest of the world, Sri Lanka has set Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as a priority in the national agenda in a bid to improve the overall structure of the nation and combat poverty by the end of year 2015.

Its lush cities combined with warm hospitality and scrumptious food makes it an ideal holiday destination, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The UAE is home to a number of Sri Lankan expats, who take up respectable positions and contribute to their home country’s economy via remittances. The nation is on its way to steady growth alongside notable tourism and investment opportunities.

Courtesy: Farhana Chowdhury for Khaleej Times

 

Why Indian visits to Sri Lanka (Few Reasons to visit Sri Lanka)

Srilanka is a fast growing tourist destination in South Asian country which attracts more Sri Lanka Honeymoon Packages and Typical Sri Lanka cultured wedding Packages.  In addition to that Sri Lanka cater to all needs of your tourism in nature, Beaches, Wild life safaris, cultural tours, Sri Lanka History tour, Honeymoon Tour, Education Tour and Shopping tours within this tiny island.

But for last 20 years Indian Tourist to Sri Lanka is keeping as higher number of foreign tourist arrivals, these days the Indian tourist arrivals denoted about 16% of total tourist arrivals of Sri Lanka tourism.

There are few reasons for Indian Tourist to visit Sri Lanka

Cost of Air Travel Cost (Flight to Sri Lanka)

Flights are quite affordable, A Delhi-Kochi return fare for weekend would cost INR 16,905 while a Colombo return would cost INR 22,576. Plus,  of course a ‘foreign’ tag to boast about.

VISA Process

The Emigration and Travel Approval or ETA, equivalent to a visa, is online and comes in minutes. Immigration clearance in Colombo is a breeze with travellers getting a free SIM card.

Hotels

Booked online with no advance required – all payments on arrival. The rates for decent three to four star hotels range between INR 7,000 and 12,000 with breakfast and wifi free.

Liquor

Freely available and fairly cheap. Unlike Kerala you don’t have to hide beer in coffee mugs at bars

Getting around

The expressway to the city from the airport is a smooth drive. Cars can do up to 120 kmph on the southern expressway though many prefer the longer, more scenic route. Highway to Jaffna also good.

Food

Quite cheap with plentiful seafood, and so are taxis and public transport

Shopping

Not on the scale of Bangkok but Colombo does offer quite a few international brands at bargain prices. Also does great linen and handlooms

 

Colombo Nawam Maha Perahera – 2nd & 3rd February 2015 at 7.00 Pm

Gangaramaya Nawam Maha Perahera is schedule to be on 2nd and 3rd February 2015 from 7.00 Pm.  The Ganagaramay temple is requesting to send your generous donation either by cheque or Money Order.

Your Cheque or Money order should be drawn in favour of “Sri Jinaratana Bhikkhu Abhyasa Vidyalaya Karaka Sabhawa” and crossed. – Post Office-Kollupitiya.

Seats can be reserved for Tourists through Tourist Companies. Srilankan Can Have Seats Free.

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Colombo Mawam Maha Perahera – 2nd & 3rd February 2015 at 7.00 Pm
Colombo Nawam Maha Perahera – 2nd & 3rd February 2015 at 7.00 Pm

How to Reserve(book) Srilankan Train Service

Srilankan Railway is one of the best to discover Srilanka, its one of the best and favorite mode of transport by tourist and local.

There are few approched to reserve your trains in advance,

 

1] Visiting Railway Stations – From 14 days before the Date of the Journey

Railway Station Telephone Number From 14 Days before the Date of the Journey, in Weekdays – Open Between
Colombo Fort – Reservation Office 011-2432908 06.00 to 12.00 and 12.30 to 14.00
Kandy 081-2222271 08.00 to 16.00
Badulla 055-2222271 08.00 to 16.00
Anuradhapura 025-2222271 08.00 to 16.00
Vavuniya 024-2222271 08.00 to 16.00

 

2] Calling Mobitel Call-Center – only for Colombo-Kandy Intercity Trains – From 28 Days before the Date of the Journey

Steps to Follow –

1. Dial 365 in your Mobitel Telephone

2. The Mobitel Call Centre Operator will answer

3. Give your requirement and reserve your seat

4. You will receive a Reference Number through SMS

5. Show ( or tell ) this Reference Number to the Station Master ( at Colombo Fort, Gampaha, Peradeniya or Kandy ) or to any of the Mobitel Billing Centres

6. Then, you will receive the Train Ticket ( M-Ticket)

7. Your Train Fare will be added to the Mobitel Bill.

This facility will be extended to other Intercity Trains.

 

but most of the time the reservation could be done in a 2 weeks, if it is a observation or a first class only needed to book before 28 days of  journey.

and the reservation will be turf in Season Periods as follows,

January – New Year Period

April – Sinhala & Tamil New Year period

May – Vesak Fullmoon days

August – School Holidays

December – Christmas and School holiday periods

other than this, the reservation would be much easier and better too

Colombo Fish Market to Colombo Gold Center – Cover Story of Reformation of Mallu Kadde to Good Centre

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development announced that the conversion of the former Pettah fish market into a gold centre was almost complete and it would be opened shortly.

The building which housed the former fish market which was shifted to Peliyagoda has been converted to a five-storey complex to house gems, jewellery and gold stores.

The Rs.400 million projects undertaken by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) is to provide better infrastructure and security facilities to the trade. Both local and foreign businesses are expected to be set up in the new building. The authority said that the Gems and Jewellery Authority would also have a stall in the premises to authenticate gems and jewellery items purchased by customers.

The ministry said renovations which began in 2012 were to be completed by October 2014 and that the building would comprise 85 commercial spaces, two banks, a food court and a parking lot with modern facilities for 700 vehicles.

While the UDA were the architectural consultants for the project, the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) was the engineering consultant. The construction of the building has been carried out by the Army.

~ NEWS~

Bars and Pubs in Colombo, Srilanka – March 2014 Update

Bars & Pubs

Address

Contact No

7 North Cinnamon Lakeside, 115 Sir C. A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2. 011 2491000
Beach Bar Global Towers, 11 Station Avenue, Colombo 6. 011 2591000
Bradman Bar Cricket Club Café, 34 Queen’s Road, Colombo 3. 011 2501384
Breeze Bar Cinnamon Grand, 77 Galle Road, Colombo 3. 011 2437437
Cheers Pub Cinnamon Grand, 77 Galle Road, Colombo 3. 011 2437437
Curve 50/1 Park Street, Colombo 2. 011 2300133
Echelon Pub Hilton, 2 Sir C. A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2. 011 2544644
Fdo’s 149 Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Mawatha, Colombo 5. 0770 552335
Glassé 42 Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 3. 011 2339118
Kamikaze 28 Malalasekera Mawatha, Colombo 7. 0773 496349
La Fiesta 62/4 Chatham Street, Colombo 1. 011 2339955
Lattice Taj Samudra, 25 Galle Face Centre Road, Colombo 3. 011 2446622
Margarita Blue Galadari, 64 Lotus Road, Colombo 1. 011 2544544
Oasis Ramada Colombo, 30 Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mw, Colombo 3. 011 2422001
Qbaa 2 De Fonseka Road, Colombo 5. 011 4889088
Retro Bar 79 Srimath R. G. Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 7. 011 2695920
Skky Bar 42 Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 3. 0775 955830
Sky Lounge The Kingsbury, 48 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1. 011 5635635
Sports Pub 68 W. A. Silva Mawatha, Colombo 6. 011 5663322
Stallion Pub Grand Oriental Hotel, 2 York Street, Colombo 1 011 2320320
Taphouse Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Bank of Ceylon Mw., Colombo 1. 011 2436462
The Bavarian 11 Galle Face Court 2, Colombo 3. 011 2421577
The Floor by O 41-2/1 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7. 011 2674299
The Gallery Café 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3. 011 2582162
The Harbour Room Grand Oriental Hotel, 2 York Street, Colombo 1. 011 2320320
The Keg Excel World, 338 T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10. 011 5556807
The Kings The Kingsbury, 48 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1. 011 5635635
The Loft Colombo Courtyard, 32 Alfred House Avenue, Colombo 3. 011 4645333
The Manchester 100/10 Independence Avenue, Colombo 7. 011 4723333
Union Bar & Grill 200 Dr. Colvin R. De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 2. 011 5344644
Verandah Bar Galle Face Hotel, 2 Galle Road, Colombo 3. 011 2541010
Voice Lounge 149 Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Mawatha, Colombo 5. 0777 445535
White Horse 46/42 Navam Mawatha, Colombo 2. 011 2304922
Yumi Taj Samudra, 25 Galle Face Centre Road, Colombo 3. 011 2446622
Zaza Casa Colombo, 231 Galle Road, Colombo 4. 011 4520130

BENTOTA BEACH FEST 2014 – 21st & 22nd March 2014 at Bentota Beach

“Bentota Beach Fest 2014” – Water and Beach Sports Extravaganza organized by The Hawkeyes, Bentota Sports Club and Sunshine Water Sports Club on 21st and 22nd March at the Bentota beach for the third successive year, with the respective sports governing bodies, to promote Beach and Water Sports along with tourism in the country.

In addition to the Beach and Water Sport Events, Adventure Sports and Social Events, an array of beach events comprising Beach Volleyball, Football, Rugby, Kabadi,Tug of War, Swimming (2Km), Canoe Races, Jet Skiing, Wind Surfing, a Beach Carnival with local & international DJ’s and even a Kids Play area have been lined up for the two days to make this an unforgettable event.

Please forward your entries as per the sample application given below image

BENTOTA BEACH FEST 2014 – 21st & 22nd March 2014 at Bentota Beach
BENTOTA BEACH FEST 2014 – 21st & 22nd March 2014 at Bentota Beach

Gangaramaya Nawam Maha Perahera 2014 – 14th and 15th February 2014

Witness the vibrant cultural pageant as it unfolds across the city of Colombo bringing together all Sri Lankans on Gangaramaya Nawam Maha Perahera 2014 – 14th and 15th February 2014.

Visit for the colourful event of Gangaramaya Nawam Maha Perahera 2014 and enjoy your days.

Tourists may reserve seats through travel agencies.

Your generous contribution towards the sustenance of the pageant is greatly appreciated.

Cheque (crossed) or money order should be drawn in favour o “Sri Jinaratana Bhikku Abhyasa Vidyalaya Karaka Sabhawa” Post office – Kollupitiya

 

For more detail Gangaramaya at No 61. Sri Jinaratana Road. Colombo 2. Srt Lanka Tel +9411 232 7084 or see below image

 

Gangaramaya Nawam Maha Perahera 2014 – 14th and 15th February 2014
Gangaramaya Nawam Maha Perahera 2014 – 14th and 15th February 2014

Colombo Night Race 2013 on 15th December 2013 in Colombo – Tickets Available now

Here once again the colorful Colombo Night Race in Heart of Colombo City and witness formula 1 for the 1st Time In Sri Lanka .

Tickets now available at CNR Office- Galadari Hotel, Kingsburry Hotel, Keels Super Outlets Capital Mall Thalawathugoda, Onion Place, K-zone – Moratuwa S Ja Ela and Kandy city center.

Be in Colombo on 15th Night and refresh your day with racing events in Colombo. For more information see below image

Colombo Night Race 2013 on 15th December 2013 in Colombo – Tickets Available now
Colombo Night Race 2013 on 15th December 2013 in Colombo – Tickets Available now

Ape Game Opens 365 days from 9.00 Am to 9.00 Pm

Open on all holidays including Saturdays and Sundays along with special activities. At ‘Ape Gama’ we await to greet you with a warm welcome.

Serving you 365 days a year 9.00 am to 9.00 pm

www.apegama.lk

www.apegama.com

For details call Hanni – 0714521925

Or see below image for more information

 

Ape Game Opens 365 days from 9.00 Am to 9.00 Pm
Ape Game Opens 365 days from 9.00 Am to 9.00 Pm

Power Boat Challenge in Colombo Sri Lanka on 23rd & 24th November 2013

The Dialog presents an F2 Power Boat challenge competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 23rd and 24th November 2013 at Beira Lake near to Mcallum Road (Opposite to Sathosa).

This is first time a power Boat (Speed Boat competitions are held in Colombo, Sri Lanka with the sponsor of Dialog.

For more information see below image

Power Boat Challenge in Colombo Sri Lanka on 23rd & 24th November 2013
Power Boat Challenge in Colombo Sri Lanka on 23rd & 24th November 2013

Ape Gama (Our Area) – Authentic Srilankan model at Battaramulla

The new concept of Ape Gama was introduce in Srilanka to attract to the Foreign delegate those who are coming for the CHOGM 2013 and it is illustrate about the Authentic Srilanka Experience in rural and other parts of Sri Lanka to the delegates.

This will be a model area develop with concern to brings the natural and real looks of village to urban population and enjoy evergreen Srilanka.

For more information about the Ape Game visit www.apegama.lk  or www.apegama.com.

Office Launched will be on 13th November 2013

Ape Gama (Our Area) – Authentic Srilankan model at Battaramulla
Ape Gama (Our Area) – Authentic Srilankan model at Battaramulla

Summary Report of Colombo Katunayake Express highway

The second express highway built from Colombo- Katunayake is set to reduce travel time to the airport to 20 minutes. The CKE constructed through the Muthurajawela Marshland, travels along the Negombo lagoon and falls on to the Canada Friendship Road leading to the Bandaranaike International Airport. The CKE connects to the Outer Circular Highway at Kerawalapitiya, which in turn is connected to the Southern Expressway. Arrangements have been made to welcome delegates for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and other conferences in November at the highway.

 

Speed limit

First 8 Km: 80 kmph

Rest of the Road: 100 kmph

Total length of Colombo-Katunayake Expressway : 25.8 km

Travel time from New Kelani Bridge to Katunayake: 20 minutes

 

Investment

Estimated Project Cost: USD292 Million

China: USD 248.2 Million

Government Funds: USD 43.8 Million

Cost per Km: USD 11.32 Million (Rs. 1.450 Billion)

 

Interchanges

  • New Kelani Bridge
  • Peliyagoda
  • Ja-Ela
  • Katunayake

 

Special Notes

  • Beyond Mabole the entire expressway will go through the Muthurajawela marshland and has been constructed on embankment filers filled with sea sand.
  • The Expressway is to have one toll gate at Peliyagoda and another at Seeduwa.
  • The Expressway will be monitored by a network of CCTV cameras which is only connected to the main control room.
  • The CKE is the only highway being built using sea sand which is used to strengthen weak soil
  • Rules and J Regulations for Southern expressway apply to the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway as well.

 

Number of Culverts: 102

Number of bridges: 42

Emergency Telephones

Due to the large number of accidents that have taken place down the Southern Expressway,officials have taken measures to install emergency telephones, connected only to the emergency centre, along the Colombo- Katunayake Expressway. The telephones installed on every 500 metres on either side of the expressway is orange in colour

 

Any vehicle travelling from Colombo can use the Expressway for the first 2 Km, before they reach the first toll gate at Peliyagoda. Motorists have the option of turning off at Peliyagoda (if travelling from Colombo) or fall on to the Kandy Road, using the first two exists on either side.

 

Vehicles Category 1

All type of cars, All type of Jeeps, All saloon station wagons, All cabs (single and double), All passenger vans up to 9 seats,  All goods van and trucks up to GVW 3500kg and Lorries and trucks having 2 Axles and 4 Wheels

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: RS. 300
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: RS. 200
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela:

Rs. 200

 

Vehicles Category 02

Van having seats over 9 seats and all buses over 9 seats and less than 33

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: Rs. 450
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: RS. 300
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela: RS. 350

 

Vehicles Category 03

All buses over 33 seats, Lorries and trucks having 2 Axles and 6 Wheels and Lorries and trucks having GVW more than 17,000 kg

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: Rs. 600
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: Rs. 300
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela: RS. 400

 

Vehicles Category 04

All vehicles having 4 or more axles and Combination Buses

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: Rs. 800
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: Rs. 300
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela: Rs. 600

 

First Wi-Fi Zone in Sri Lanka – Garden of Peace Jayewardenepura Kotte

For the first time a Open Wi-Fi Zone launched at Jayewardenepura Kotte area with Garden of Peace Park with them of King Perakumba sixth.

The park with children play spots, meeting points, resting chairs and walking tracks  and it is an project towards to developing and urbanising the city and suborns.

For more information see below image

First Wi-Fi Zone in Sri Lanka – Garden of Peace Jayewardenepura Kotte
First Wi-Fi Zone in Sri Lanka – Garden of Peace Jayewardenepura Kotte

Colombo Katunayake E03 Express High Opens 27 – Fee Rs. 300.00 Upwards

The Most expected Colombo Katunayake/ Katunayake Colombo Express Highway is ready for Opening on 27th October 2013.

The Ministry of Highways announces the Highway will be open for Public Sideseens for 3 days and Official Open after, and today Ministry of Highway Announces the Fee for using Colombo Katunayake/ Katunayake Colombo Express Highway.

For Cars, Cabs, Jeeps and Small Vans will be Rs. 300.00 and Rs. 600.00 will be charge for Lorries and Buses.

Colombo Katunayake E03 Express High Opens 27 – Fee Rs. 300.00 Upwards
Colombo Katunayake E03 Express High Opens 27 – Fee Rs. 300.00 Upwards

Mini Zoo in Battaramulla

The Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation Ministry plans to put up a mini zoo in battaramulla to coincide with the commonwealth heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in November. The mini zoo which covers an extent of 3.5 acres will be establishes close to th Folk Arts Centre in battaramulla. The estimated cost of construction is Rs.10million. in addition, a model Sri Lankan village depicting the Sri Lankan culture and identify will also be st up in the Folk Arts Centre premises.

A cultural centre and Laksala centre will also be established in this premises to boost tourism.

 

Colombo Katunayake Express Highway opens on 27th October 2013- first 3 days for Public Viewing

Opening: 27th October 2013
Public View: 3days from Opening
Entry Points: Kelaniya and Katunayake
Exit Point: Ja Ela
Distance: 30 Km
Expected Time: 15 to 20 Minutes
Fee: Not Decided Yet

 

The Colombo Katunayake Express Highway is scheduled to open for vehicles on October 27, 2013 and its open for Public View for 3 days from 27th October 2013.

On these Public Viewing days the sightseers will allow to use the expressway for leisure activities and the grade opening will be on thereafter.

The 30 KM Express Highway will have one exit point at Ja- Ela and 2 entry points at Kelaniya and Katunayake, and it is expected to reach Colombo to Katunayake on 15 to 20 Minutes by using this High way.

The Fee will be charge for using this Highway and the Fee is not yet decided.

~ NEWS ~

Cinnamon air- Wings of Sri Lanka Now easy to fly anywhere of your choices

The Cinnamon air- Wings of Sri Lanka are offering unbelievable experience of 60 minutes or less to fly your destination and experience the picturesque island paradise like never before.

Now you can enjoy 40% savings on Cinnamon air with American express. Exclusively for all American Express card members including corporate card members. Use your American express card to fly Cinnamon Air and discover a whole new level of service in domestic air travel with exceptional passenger care.

Operating scheduled flights form Bandaranaike International Airport and Waters Edge Sri Jayewardenepura to key destination in the island, the exceptional charted service gives you in unmatched level of freedom, flexibility and luxury. Escape the travel time and enjoy the journey.

Now you can conduct Cinnamon Air Wings of Sri Lanka on hotline of 0112475475 for reservations visitswww.cinnamonair.com/amex valid from 8th September to 31st October 2013.

For more details and terms and conditions please visit www.americanexpress.lk NTB PLC is a licensed Commercial bank supervised by Central bank of Sri Lanka American express is a trademark of American express. The card is issued by NTB PLC pursuant to a license from American express.

For more information see below image

Cinnamon air- Wings of Sri Lanka Now easy to fly anywhere of your choices
Cinnamon air- Wings of Sri Lanka Now easy to fly anywhere of your choices

Laksala Museum Gallery Café in Colombo 07

The Laksala a leading handicraft product sellers in Sri Lanka open its exclusive stores at Sri Lanka Museum at Colombo 07.

Contact Laksala Museum Gallery Café on 0112698263 or visit www.laksal.lk

Or see below image

Laksala Museum Gallery Café in Colombo 07
Laksala Museum Gallery Café in Colombo 07

Colombo – Kilinochchi/ Kilinochchi – Colombo Train(Rail) Service starts from Sunday 15th September 2013 ( Time Table attached)

Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) will operate three trains to Kilinochchi daily commencing Sunday.

A SLR spokesman said this will include the Yal Devi which operated up to Omanthai earlier, the Deyata Kirula intercity train which ran upto Medawachchiya earlier and the night mail train from Colombo.

According to the schedule, the Yal Devi will leave Colombo Fort at 5.45 am and reach the Kilinochchi station at 12.35pm. The Deyata Kirula intercity train will leave the Colombo Fort station at 6.50 am and reach the Kilinochchi station at 11.48 pm, and The night mail train will leave the Colombo Fort station at 10.15pm and arrive at Kilinochchi at 4.10am (next day).

In the return journey, the Yal Devi will leave the Kilinochchi station at 6 am and arrive at the Colombo Fort station at 1pm. The Deyata Kirula intercity train will leave Kilinochchi at 2.18 pm and reach Colombo Fort at 7.16pm.

Meanwhile, the night mail train will leave the Kilinochchi station at 8.30 pm and arrive at Colombo Fort at 4.40 am (next day).

– Government of Sri Lanka News –

Island wide Hotel Promotions for the HSBC Credit Cards

The great escape amazing hotel deals across the country for that spontaneous gate way.

There are many hotels around srilanka offers you the discounts upto 35% for your HSBC Credit cards.

Here are some of the hotels are listed, for more information and detail discount information see below image.

 

  • Cocoon Resort Induruwa -0115744400
  • Temple tree resort Bentota- 0342270700
  • Roman lanka Balapitiya – 0115739986
  • Roman Beach Hkkaduwa  011573986
  • Jetwing Kurulubedda – 0777385928
  • Galle Heritage Villa -0775441451
  • ERA Beach- 0776441461,
  • Villa 700- 0776441461
  • Mosvold Villa- 0776441461
  • saffron & Blue-0776441461
  • Royal Palms-0342228113-7
  • Ceylon Hotel Coorporation, Bentota- 0112541010
  • Heritance, Ahungalla 0112308408
  • The Sands Kalutara -0112308408
  • Tangarein Hotel, Kalutara-034227295
  • AvaniBentota- 0114790500
  • Ceylon Hotel Corporation – Weliga-0112541010
  • Jetwing Light House –Galle-077385928
  • Peacock Beach Hotel- Hambantota-0312276717
  • Ceylon Hotel Corporation – 0112 541 010
  • Grand Udawalawa – 047 22 32 000
  • Taprospa Thissamaharama – 0114 380 707
  • Jetwing Blue Negambo – 0312277138-40
  • Jetwing Lagoon Negambo – 0312277138-30
  • Mount-lavinia Hotel- 0112711711
  • Pegass Wattala-0112930205-9
  • Swiss Residence Kandy-0812204646/7
  • Jetwing Warwick Gardens Ambewela-0773426453
  • Earl’s Regency, Kandy-011308408
  • Bandarawela Hotel- 011308408
  • Orient Hotel, Bandarawela- 0112327959
  • Mahaweli Reach – kandy- 0812472737
  • Ceylon Hotel Corporation , Kitulgala-0112541010

 

Island wide Hotel Promotions for the HSBC Credit Cards
Island wide Hotel Promotions for the HSBC Credit Cards

Colombo Motor Show 2013 at BMICH on 6th to 8th September 2013

The Asia Exhibition and Conventions organises a Colombo Motor Show 2013 at BMICH from 6th September to 8th September 2013 from 10.00 Am to 10.00 Pm.

The event is with wide range of automobiles showcasing in srilanka. such as latest cars vans and SUV and the Vintage cars of Sri Lanka too.

Click Here to see Colombo Motor Show 2012 Photos

For more information contact organising committee on 0719997712 | 0716861805

Or see below image

Colombo Motor Show 2013 at BMICH on 6th to 8th September 2013
Colombo Motor Show 2013 at BMICH on 6th to 8th September 2013

Logos Hope; A Ship with knowledge coming to Colombo Sri Lanka; from 30th August to 22nd September 2013

Logos Hope; a ship with knowledge coming to Sri Lanka on 30th August 2013, and will be at Colombo Port till 22nd September 2013.

The ship contains of 5,000 titles at an affordable price with 400 Volunteers at a common goal of helping people through social projects.

The Logos Hope Opening hours are as follows:

From August 30 to September 12 10.00 am – 8.00 pm, (Tuesday to Saturday)
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Sunday and Monday.
September 13 to September 21 everyday from 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm.

 

Tickets cost Rs. 100, and children under 12 have free admission but must be accompanied by an adult.

Entrance:  Gate near by Colombo Light House (Near Galle Face Green and The Kingsbury Hotel)

a Bus service have been arrange from the Gate to Ship for up and down services

Logos Hope Ship with Books coming to Colombo Sri Lanka; from 30th August to 22nd September 2013
Logos Hope Ship with Knowledge coming to Colombo Sri Lanka; from 30th August to 22nd September 2013